Good times keep rolling for Syl’s

by Gazette Reporter
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St Sylvester’s

The good times keep on rolling for St Sylvester’s as their senior, inter and ladies footballers progressed in their respective county championships while the hurlers have showdown with Round Tower on Saturday afternoon.

It keeps alive the prospect of yet more silverware to go with the ladies’ incredible Dublin intermediate football success of last month.

They marched into the quarter-finals with a breathtaking 5-18 to 0-3 win over St Kevin’s of Louth last weekend to set up a date with Laois side Crettyard in the Leinster quarter-final.

Dublin senior Niamh McEvoy was in immaculate form while Sinead Aherne up front showed her killer instinct as the Broomfield club racked up a huge in.

In similar fashion, the men’s senior team stormed to a 5-12 to 0-5 victory over a Raheny side that were fancied to cause Gabriel Bannigan’s side plenty of problems.

But after a tight first half, ending 1-4 to 0-4, Syl’s powered home with Nigel Dunne scoring a hat-trick of goals while Michael McCarthy was also in prolific form.

They did, however, get handed a really tough draw in the last 16 phase of the county’s premier competition as they were paired against St Oliver Plunkett’s/Eoghan Ruadh in Tuesday evening’s draw.

The club is home to back-to-back players of the year Bernard and Alan Brogan as well as former Dublin star Jason Sherlock, Meath midfielder Anthony Moyles, the prolific Cavan sharp-shooter Gareth “Nesty” Smith and Ross McConnell.

Perennial challengers, Plunkett’s were undone in last year’s final by Navan Road neighbours St Brigid’s but, of late, have always been included in the list of any potential winners of the title.

They have the form edge over Syl’s, too, in this competition, Smith’s injury time point did the damage in the second round of the competition back in 2010 in a single-point game.

Similarly, in 2009’s fourth round, there was little to separate the sides but Plunkett’s won out by three points.

The Malahide club, though, can by buoyed by their destruction of Raheny and the general good vibes emanating around the village.

An eight-point win for the club’s intermediate side has pushed them into the last eight of the championship and a date with a youthful Cuala side.

Again, it is a tough date, meeting a side led by Dublin senior Mick Fitzsimons with Sunday Game presenter Des Cahill among the selectors. Currently in AFL2 and county finalists in 2010, they offer a very serious test of Syl’s credentials.

But the first piece of silverware can be obtained on Saturday evening when the intermediate hurlers – already assured of a first ever berth in senior hurling – play Round Tower in the county final in Parnell Park, with Tommy Naughton’s side throwing in at 5.45pm against the Clondakin club.

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